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Dividend Stripping & Selling Cash-Secured Puts: A Real-Life Example with Walmart, Inc. (NYSE: WMT)

Whether we are selling stock options or buying stocks to accumulate dividend income, Blue collar Investors seek to generate cash-flow in a low-risk manner with capital preservation in mind. This article will highlight 1 way to combine selling cash-secured puts with dividend stripping.   What is selling cash-secured puts? A low-risk option-selling strategy where the […]

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How to Manage a 5.3% Mid-Contract Unrealized Gain: A Real-Life Example with BHP Group Limited (NYSE: BHP) + Alan’s Wealth365 Webinar Registration Link

When we have a maximum mid-contract unrealized gain on a trade, there are opportunities when we can generate additional income streams and, thereby, enjoy higher than initial maximum returns. There are also scenarios when we should take no action and continue to monitor these trades. On 1/19/2022, Patrick shared with me such a trade he […]

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BCI PODCAST 88: Creating a Portfolio of Weekly Cash-Secured Puts

Watch Video: Listen To Audio Version: Whether we are seeking to generate significant cash-flow or to buy a stock at a discount, selling put options can be an enticing low-risk strategy This podcast will detail the reasons we should consider selling cash-secured puts using a real-life example with Square, Inc. (SQ) by selling weekly out-of-the-money […]

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Ask Alan 198 – The Significance of Breakeven When Setting up Our Poor Man’s Covered Call Trades

Alan answers a question posed by Sam, who asks: Alan, I have a question regarding the setup of the PMCC following your strategy. Based upon your entry conditions, I find it very hard to find a setup that works unless I go very deep ITM to the .94-.97 Delta range when selecting my LEAPS. For […]

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How to Enter Our Rolling-Out-And-Up Trades into Our Monthly Trading Logs

In our last blog article, we discussed how to enter our rolling-out trades into our covered call writing trading logs. This article will highlight the additional considerations when rolling our covered call trades out-and-up.   Trade log challenges when rolling-out-and-up We are combining 2 months of option premiums: how do we break this down? What […]

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How to Enter Our Rolling-Out Trades into Our Monthly Trading Logs

When we roll-out our covered call trades, we are actually combining 2 months of option premiums, the current month and the next contract cycle. This may create some confusion as how to enter these combination trades into our trading logs. As you will see, there is no perfect solution, but BCI has created guidelines that […]

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Comparing Nasdaq 100 ETFs: Real-Life Examples with QQQ & QQQM

Over the years, the most frequently used ETF in my portfolios has been Invesco QQQ Trust (Nasdaq: QQQ). Premium members have noticed that, lately, a relatively new eligible security in our Premium Members ETF Reports has been QQQM (Invesco Nasdaq 100 ETF). Both are based on the Nasdaq 100 Index. This article will highlight the […]

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BCI PODCAST 87: Bear Market Concerns and Our Option Selling Portfolios

Watch Video: Listen To Audio Version: Our option-selling portfolios can be crafted to all market conditions. This podcast will address the structuring techniques we can use in challenging market conditions. These will include strike price selection, Beta decisions, implied volatility decisions, the use of ETFs, the incorporation of protective puts and the PCP (wheel) strategy. […]

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Technical Analysis and Our Option-Selling Portfolios: A Real-Life Example with Matador Resources Company (NYSE: MTDR)

BCI has a 3-pronged approach to screening for our covered call writing and put-selling watchlists. These include fundamental analysis, common-sense principles (like minimum average trading volume) and technical analysis. When we read a price chart, we are forming a mosaic of several technical parameters and then coming to a pass/fail decision. There is a degree […]

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Will My Stock Be Sold Because of the $2.00 Dividend? A Real-Life Example with Star Bulk Carriers Corp. (Nasdaq: SBLK)

On 2/21/2022, Bob wrote a 3/17/2022 $29.00 call on SBLK. On 2/26/2022, SBLK was trading at $31.76 and the cost-to-close the short call was $2.78. On 3/1/2022, SBLK was going ex-dividend for an eventual $2.00 per-share distribution. Will Bob’s shares be sold the day prior to the ex-date?   Case for early exercise Ex-dividend dates […]

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